This past weekend as the temperature rose and the snow began to melt, we were completely engulfed in the densest fog I’ve ever seen. I’m sure the temperature will drop again, but for now it feels a bit like spring and I’ve been doing lots of planning. I’m still not sure how it will all fit, but I’ve managed to narrow down my wishlist a bit and my seed orders are all in. Continue reading
The weather New Year’s Day was as it should be, bright and cold with plenty of snow on the ground. We had more snow here in the last week of December than we had all last winter. As much as I think we all enjoyed the break from shoveling last year, it just didn’t seem right. So there’s something reassuring about some proper winter weather. Continue reading
The garlic has been tucked in under a thick blanket of chopped leaves and hay and all is quiet in the garden. These days it’s dark by the time I leave work in the afternoon, so I only get over to the garden on weekends. Not that there would be much for me to do over there anyway, but I do miss my evening visits to the garden. Continue reading
As the end of October approaches, the garden has been more or less put to bed for the winter, but there’s still quite a bit growing.
The Friday before last a frost was predicted, so I went over to the garden and picked one last bouquet of flowers, big bunches of herbs, and most of the chard. I didn’t quite believe that we would really get a hard frost, but that night the temperature dipped down to 25 degrees.
The last of the chile peppers and beans and flowers were zapped, and even some of the kale had a little bit of frost damage. That weekend we finished clearing out the most of the beds, and prepared two big beds for garlic.
The garlic went in the ground last Wednesday, over 100 cloves of 4 different varieties. I may have gone a little bit overboard, but I don’t think you could ever have too much garlic. Maybe everyone will get garlic for Christmas next year.
Before the frost I put a row cover over the lettuce, and it’s nice and cozy under there. The lettuce didn’t seem to be bothered at all by the cold, and when I peeked under the fabric yesterday I couldn’t believe how much it had grown.
One of the new cold frames is in place over a bed of mustard greens, chard, tat soi, and carrots. The second cold frame isn’t quite ready yet, but when it’s finished it will go over another bed planted with lettuce, chard, arugula, spinach, and parsley. There’s also still plenty of kale and leeks, so I’m hoping we’ll be able to keep eating from the garden til it’s all buried in snow.